Author Spotlight

David Thompson

David Thompson writes on film, coedited the book Scorsese on Scorsese, and directs arts documentaries, often on filmmakers, including Jean Renoir, Milos Forman, and Robert Altman.

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Don’t Look Now: Seeing Red
Don’t Look Now: Seeing Red

With its provocative ambiguities, tender compassion, and fragmented editing style, this supernatural classic is a pure dose of Nicolas Roeg.

By David Thompson

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Cul-de-sac: High Tides
Cul-de-sac: High Tides

“It is my best film. I always loved it. I always believed in it. It is real cinema, done for cinema—like art for art.” That was Roman Polanski’s view of Cul-de-sac in 1970, four years after its release and just following his hugely successful…

By David Thompson

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Something Wild: Wild Things
Something Wild: Wild Things

Something Wild asks the eternal question “What makes us happy?” But the answer it proposes is far from easily arrived at. It’s a boy meets girl story, certainly, but one that goes much deeper with that narrative than most films do, and pl…

By David Thompson

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La commare secca

How many filmmakers not only get to assist one of the great poets of cinema in his debut as director but also make their own first feature by the age of twenty-one? To be sure, Bernardo Bertolucci had grown up with certain advantages, including close…

By David Thompson